- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The opioid-overdose antidote naloxone was the third-most administered medication by Providence firefighters in 2016.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2tsQr3O ) naloxone has passed aspirin and trails only saline and oxygen. Providence firefighters administered the overdose antidote drug 794 times last year, marking a 42 percent increase since 2015.

The state Department of Health says there were 336 opioid-related deaths in Rhode Island in 2016.

Providence Fire Department Acting Rescue Chief Zachariah Kenyon says the increased need for naloxone shows the severity of opioid abuse in New England. Kenyon says he’s concerned about drugs like fentanyl that are more potent than heroin.

Drug operations in the city have continued despite multiple large-scale busts. Kenyon says the fire department is always ready to help victims.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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